Sport on the Square to help more people get active

24 Jul 2019 09:05
Published by: Daniel Almond


Families in Bolton will be encouraged to get moving as part of a new campaign to tackle inactivity and improve health and wellbeing.

Victoria Square has been transformed into a theatre of sport as part of the annual Sport on the Square event, running from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 July.

Each day has a different theme, and the third and final day will focus on how sport and regular exercise can boost everyone’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

Thursday will see the launch the “That Counts!” campaign in Bolton, a Sport England initiative aimed at reducing inactivity in Greater Manchester by 2021.

Data shows that more than a quarter (27%) of adults in Greater Manchester are classed as “inactive”, meaning they get less than 30 minutes of exercise per week.

Visitors to Sport on the Square will be able to try out a variety of activities designed to help them get moving.

They will also be able to contribute to a pledge wall, making a commitment to being more active in their day-to-day lives.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Baines, said:

“Sport or other physical activities are a vital part of staying healthy for people of all ages.

“Sport on the Square is always a hugely popular event and a great way to get young people active at the start of the summer holidays.

“But it’s not just young people who need regular exercise, it is important for adults to take part in sport of other physical activities to help keep their minds and bodies healthy.

“I’d urge everyone to come along, try out a variety of activities and see what is right for you.”

Sport on the Square is on until Thursday 25 July, from 10am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.


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